WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14: JIMMY DOOLITTLE
Profile America -- Tuesday, December 14th. Today marks the birthday of one of America's true aviation heroes -- Jimmy Doolittle, born in Alameda, California in 1896. He is best remembered for leading the daring raid on Tokyo in 1942, in which land-based bombers took off from an aircraft carrier. Before the war, he won every major aviation trophy -- winning races, setting speed records, and pioneering instrument flying. As early as 1922, Doolittle was the first to fly across America in less than 24 hours. Now, hundreds of airliners cross the nation daily. More than 19,000 passengers fly between New York and either Los Angeles or San Francisco every day. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2010, p. 601
U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 1040
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau